Prepress 101

Make sure your design transfers accurately to the press. Read through the guide to learn how different aspects of your document can change the printing process, or review a specific topic by clicking on it. Reference pictures explain each subject.


Document and Trim Size

Begin by setting your document’s size to the final trimmed or folded size. Learn about setting up your document’s size.


Bleed Area

Apply a bleed area of .125 inches to your Print Ready PDF. Find out how to correctly set up and apply Bleed.



Ensure that your document is equipped with proper margins. Make sense of margins.


CYMK Color

Design and save your document in CMYK color mode. See when other color modes are necessary.


Pantone and Spot Color

For Pantone, leave spot colors active. Otherwise, use CMYK. Know when and how to use Spot Colors.

Black vs Rich Black

Rich Black vs. 100% Black

Use 100% black for small type and Rich Black for large type or backgrounds. Get the most out of your black ink.



Each image needs a resolution of at least 200 dpi. Make sure your images are crisp.


Booklet Design

Design your booklet in signatures of four and save it in reader spreads. Get to know your booklet design options and best practices.


PDF Presets

Automate saving your Print Ready PDFs. Download our PDF Preset.